This was my last ride in Chicago for 2022 and why not ride more gravel and visit a Chicago institution along the way. This was to be third trip to Chicago in the past two years and I still haven't ridden the greenway trails along the North Branch of the Chicago River.
Before I got to the trail I happened across some abandoned railroad tracks that I had to take a look at. It was tempting to ride along them but I wasn't sure where this spur led and would I run into a problem later down the road.
This line was called the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad which was more commonly referred to as the North Shore Railway. It was an interurban line that ran 88 miles between Chicago and Milwaukee. There was also a branch line connecting Lake Bluff and Mundelein. Which is now the North Shore Cycleway. With the Skokie Valley Rail Trail 30 yards (right of the picture) to the west I doubt where this parallels that trail this will become another rail trail in the future.
From here I rode over to the trail that runs through the Skokie Lagoons
The dirt section was initially closed so I had to ride on the eastern side on paved trail
Some parts were pretty good.
And others not so good.
I had to work my way west through some neighborhoods to avoid the busier roads.